There is a lot of talk in the U.S. about being president and establishing a leadership agenda. A glance at the internet or a newspaper will fill you in on the national scene. However, within Cartus, we have a president, Kevin Kelleher, whose leadership agenda is also worth discussing.
Kevin recently wrote an article for Ethisphere magazine in which he discussed trust and how it is the fundamental ingredient that allows all relationships to begin, grow, and prosper. He discussed how trust is important in our business as we help customers through what is one of the most stressful experiences of their lives. Our employees do this on a daily basis by acting as their advocates, their advisors, their schedule-keepers, and even their confidantes. It’s an organizational thing: our mission and vision statements both center on trust. Our vision, in brief, is, “We will provide trusted guidance.” Interesting that we’re hearing similar messages at the national level.
Another subject that is important to presidents is diversity, and Kevin is no exception. He was recently named the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council’s 2012 “Corporate Shining Star” at the group’s recent Business Opportunity Expo and Conference at Connecticut’s Foxwoods Resort. Dr. Fred McKinney, the president and CEO of GNEMSDC, noted that Kevin was honored for his support of the mission of the minority business development organization. Cartus has had a formal minority- and women-owned business enterprise program in place since 1983, and over the past five years, has disbursed nearly $300 million to minority- and women-owned subcontractors. Dr. McKinney also said that Kevin’s participation in the council’s work sends a powerful message to other corporate leaders.
Perhaps what is most impressive is that the above items are not merely campaign promises. Kevin isn’t running for office. These are accomplishments. Not everyone gets invited to write for Ethisphere, nor does the GNEMSDC hand out those Stars to anyone who asks. Kevin’s agenda is evidenced by his own accomplishments and those of the company that he leads.